So, you’re a Canadian author who has written a book, had it professionally edited and are now looking at how you can get it published.
For sure you’ve been thinking about your book’s cover as well. For most potential buyers of your book, its cover is the first thing they’ll see.
It’s the one thing you can’t get wrong.
Of course, your book needs to be the very best it can be. However, without a cover that grabs the eye, the chances of people getting to what lies beneath diminish.
That’s why its important to ensure the cover of your book is designed professionally.
If you’re searching for an expert to design your book cover, continue reading to learn about 19 top book cover designers in Canada
Please note: The following entry contains affiliate links to Ebook Launch. That means Writing Tips Oasis receive a small % of the sale if you purchase a book cover from Ebook Launch, but at no extra cost to you.
1. Ebook Launch
Ebook Launch is a professional cover design agency based in Western Canada. They have a small, versatile cover design team that has produced hundreds of beautiful book cover designs since they created the company in 2011. Before making your decision, you can view a large selection of their custom book cover designs on their portfolio to see if they have created something in line with what you had envisioned for your book.
Ingrid Paulson is a graphic designer who specializes in book covers who’s based out of Toronto, Ontario.. As the founder of Ingrid Paulson Design + Typography, you can browse through her gorgeous book cover portfolio to get a better sense of her style and skill. Ingrid has worked with clients like the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum, Coach House Books, and Harper Collins Canada.
She primarily works with adult picture books, nonfiction titles, and literary fiction. She doesn’t typically work with young adult or children’s books. If you’re interested in working with Ingrid on your book cover, the best way to reach out to her is through her website’s online contact form to request a project quote.
3. Natasha Snow
Natasha Snow is a book cover designer based out of Edmonton, Alberta. She is more than capable of producing covers for both eBooks and print, having worked on titles like “Ashes of the Fall” by Nicholas Erik, “A Witch Meets A Vampire” by Sophie Castle, and “Came Upon A Midnight Clear” by Katie Porter. You can find her vibrant and brilliantly designed covers in her portfolio.
Natasha offers several book cover packages, which vary in pricing. Her standard book cover package starts at a price of $150 USD, which includes a custom eBook cover design with a maximum of 10 revisions. On the other end of the spectrum, she offers a premium package for $225 USD, which includes a custom eBook cover, includes photo-manipulation and digital illustrations. She also offers add-ons for print covers, graphic promo packages, audiobook covers, and 3D box set designs. You can reach Natasha through her website’s online contact form for more information.
Jennifer Stimson is a book cover designer hailing from Toronto, Ontario. She loves to work with self-publishing authors, but also has experience working with major trade publishers, too! You’re more than welcome to browse through existing catalogue of book covers, which are listed in her portfolio. With over 17 years of experience, Jennifer loves what she does, and it shows in all of her work.
Jennifer’s definitely no stranger when it comes to nonfiction and clean, minimalist style. Her book cover design services can range between $750 to $2500 depending on the project. It’s highly recommended that you contact Jennifer directly to gather more information about her rates and services. The best way to reach her is via email.
5. Linda Parke
Linda Parke is a senior designer with Raven Book Design. Linda herself is based out Vancouver, British Columbia, and graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design. She offers book cover designs, cover and layout designs, as well as custom history packages for history buffs everywhere. To get a better sense of her style, you can view her completed projects in her portfolio.
Regardless of your book’s genre, Linda is more than happy to host a free 30-minute consultation to answer any questions that you may have. Alternatively, you can contact Linda via email or through her website’s online contact form to get started.
6. Ashley Tomas
Operating out of Toronto, Ontario, Ashley Tomas is a freelance print and web designer who offers book cover design services. She has a great deal of experience when it comes to logo design, event marketing, brand identity, packaging design, social media campaigns, and web design. For more information, you’re welcome to review her portfolio. She offers eye-grabbing, colorful works that are bound to grab a potential reader’s attention.
If you’re interested in working with Ashley, you’re strongly encouraged to reach out to her either via email or through her website’s online contact form. You can request a project quote or more information about her rates and services.
Evelyne Labelle is a book cover designer and founder of Carpe Librum Book Design, a Canadian design company. Specializing in romance book covers, you can get a better sense of Evelyne’s style by browsing through her portfolio of completed projects. She loves to work with independent and self-publishing authors who are ready to get their books out their for readers to enjoy.
She offers several different design packages. She offers custom eBook covers for a flat rate of $169 USD (plus tax), a package that includes both a custom eBook and print over for $199 USD (plus tax), and a third design tier that includes a custom eBook, print, and audiobook cover for $219 USD (plus tax). For more information, or if you’re interested in working with Evelyne on your project, you can reach out to her either via email or through her website’s online contact form.
Natalie Olsen is a graphic designer and founder of Kisscut Design, which she established in 2007 in Calgary, Alberta. Natalie has worked for a wide range of clients, both independent and major trade publisher, like Annick Press, Coach House Books, Second Story Press, and University of Toronto Press. She’s capable of designing custom covers for fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, and even poetry collections. You can see her previous works through her portfolio.
Since all projects are different and every author has different book cover ideas, you’re strongly encouraged to reach out to Natalie through her website’s online contact form to request more information about her rates and services. She should respond to you very promptly to help you along your publishing journey.
David Moratto is a book cover and interior book designer. Based out of Scarborough, Ontario, David has worked on projects nonfiction projects like “Nino Ricci: Essays on His Works” edited by Marino Tuzi, “Pay Your Priorities First” by Doug Heidebrecht, and “The Death of Buy and Hold” by Chris Minnucci. You can view more of his completed book cover design projects in his portfolio.
His book cover design service can range anywhere between $800 to $2000 depending on the complexity you wish to achieve. He requires a 50% deposit before starting on your book’s design, with the other 50% payable upon completion. If you’re interested in working with David, you can reach out to him to request a free project quote either via email or through his website’s online contact form.
10. Nicola Hamilton
Nicola Hamilton is a graphic designer and art director of Wyse Studio, a design company based out of Toronto, Canada. Prior to working with Wyse, Nicola has several years of experience working with the famous magazine Chatelaine, where she gained experience as a designer and art project director. She has worked on a wide range of print projects like book designs, magazine covers, annual reports, and lookbooks.
You can find her full portfolio of completed projects here. If you’re interested in working with Nicola on your book cover design, you can reach her via email to request more information about her rates and services.
11. Lindsay Smail
Lindsay Smail is a graphic designer who hails from Toronto, Ontario. She has over 20 years of design experience and is an accredited RGD with the Association of Registered Graphic Designers. She has worked on a handful of book covers like “Penguins of the World” by Wayne Lynch and designed the art book “In the Spirit of Pilgrimage” by Dante Elsner. You can review her full portfolio here. She offers book cover design services and can provide a free project quote for you if you reach out via email.
12. Janice Van Eck
Janice Van Eck is an accredited RGD with the Association of Registered Graphic Designers. Based out of Toronto, Ontario, Janice has been a freelance designer since 2003. She has worked on an impressive handful of book cover designs, and has completed projects like “Redemptive Love” by Claudio Loopstra, “Friendship” by Hugh Black, and “From Far Formosa: The Island, its people and missions” by George Leslie MacKay. You can find more book covers that Janice has designed in her portfolio.
13. Alan Joson
Alan Josan is an award-winning graphic designer who’s won the Gold Quill Award in both 2016 and 2017, and the Macrom Award in 2017. Based out of Toronto, Ontario, Alan has worked with George Brown College, More Magazine, and Oxygen Design Agency. As a freelancer on the side, Alan works on both print and video projects, which includes book cover designs. You can view his selected portfolio on his website. If you’re interested in working with Alan, you can reach him via email to request more information about his rates and services.
14. Iryna Spica
Iryna Spica is the book cover designer and founder of SpicaBookDesign, a company based out of Victoria, British Columbia. She has worked on a wide range of books, from children’s books, to nonfiction, to general fiction. She’s worked on projects like “Devil Child” by Anne Pley, “Spirits of Nearby Places” by Rod Hogg, and “The World’s Fair” by Joan Ferry.
She is more than happy to design a unique, custom book cover for you. If you’re interested in her design services, all you have to do is send her quick email and a copy of her book so that she can review its contents and draw inspiration from your material.
15. Bonnie Mitchell
Bonnie Mitchell is the founder of Mitchell Creative, a design company based out of Victoria, British Columbia. She has worked on several book covers like “Mess” by J. Wray, “Jekyll and Hyde” by Esther Hazey, and “Yellow Eyes” by M.L. Gibson. You can find her portfolio of book cover designs here to get a better sense of her style and capabilities. If you’re interested in Bonnie’s services, you can contact her through her website’s online contact form to request a free project estimate.
16. Brad Grigor
Brad Grigor is the co-founder and designer of Turning Points Art, a design company based out of Saltair, British Columbia. He offers book design and pre-press packages for independent authors who are hoping to self-publish. With more than 45 years of experience in computer software development, Brad is a talented digital artist who’s more than ready to help you along your publishing journey. He strongly encourages you to reach out by email or through his website’s online contact form to set up an appointment for a free project consultation.
17. Jan Westendorp
Jan Westendorp is the founder of Kato Design & Photo. Jan herself specializes in book design, and has worked on a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction projects. While her website is currently undergoing renovations, which means her portfolio is currently not online, she strongly encourages you to check back at a later date to see all of her successfully completed projects.
Jan loves to work with self-publishing authors and is more than happy to help find you the right people to assist you with editing, indexing, printing, and more. If you’re interested in working with Jan on your book, the best way to reach her is either via email or through her website’s online contact form to request more information about her rates and services.
18. Dorian Danielsen
Dorian Danielsen is a talented book cover designer who currently resides in Montreal, Quebec. Originally from Paris, Dorian has worked on both fiction, nonfiction, and other illustrated projects with stunning results. It’s definitely a good idea to check out his portfolio, because words simply can’t describe the brilliant originality of his work.
He’s worked on books like “The Teacher’s Daughter” by Dorothea Eileen, “Happy Henri” by Devin Saralyn, and “All for Her” by Clemence Carey. If you’re interested in working with Dorian, you can reach out to him via email to request more information about his rates and services.
19. Gigi Lau
Gigi Lau is a brilliant book cover designer who not only works as the art director with Harlequin | HarperCollins Canada, but she is also available for freelance work. She is an accredited RGD with the Association of Registered Graphic Designers. She has worked on covers like “The Boy at the Keyhole” by Stephen Giles, “Death of a Toy Solider” by Barbara Early, and “The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper” by Phaedra Patrick. If you’re interested in working with Gigi, the best way to reach her is via email. Be sure to request more information about her book cover design services and the rates she charges.
Do you know any other book cover designers in Canada? Please tell us about them in the comments box below!
K. Z. Kwan is a freelance writer based out of Halifax, Canada.